Spring Practice #6

Daily Focus – Defensive Line


Today’s practice we look at the Cardinal Defensive Line.  As we continue to build upon Week #1 and move onto practice #6, the Defensive Line really looks to make an impact this spring.  The Defensive Line will be a blend of familiar names this season, as well as, some new faces.  This unit has two seniors, Henry Famurewa (22 GP, 33 TKLS, 6 TFL, 4 Sacks) and Gary McCrae, who have both had a good start to spring practice.  You will notice that junior Jonathan Greenard (24 GP, 70 TKLS, 22.5 TFL, 9.5 SACKS, 1 INT) is wearing a new number this spring, switching from #58 to #7.  Look for other juniors, G.G. Robinson (23 GP, 30 TKLS, 3 TFL) and Amonte Caban, to step up as their roles will increase this season, as well.  Derek Dorsey (11 GP), Caleb Tillman and Malik Clark have all benefitted from another offseason in the weight room and will continue to battle for expanded roles.  There are also three early enrollees on campus that will get your attention based on size alone! Sophomores Mike Boykin (6’6” 305 lbs) and Jared Goldwire (6’6” 310 lbs) combined with freshman Jarrett Jackson (6’6” 275 lbs) all have the size and ability to be big time players for the Cardinals and will definitely benefit from being here this spring.


Coach Quote of the Day

img_8642.jpg“We have a talented group of newcomers here working hard and a few more joining us this summer.  Our returning Defensive Lineman must learn as we learn a new Defensive scheme.  This is a talented group with size, length and speed.  What we lack in experience we must make up with our effort and physical toughness.”

– LD Scott, Defensive Line Coach


  • #96 Henry Famurewa – 6’2 288 lbs. – Powder Springs, GA – RS Senior
  • #93 Gary McCrae – 6’4 232 lbs. – Cuthbert, GA – Senior
  • #53 Amonte Caban – 6’1 252 lbs. – Smiths, AL – RS Junior
  • #7 Jonathan Greenard – 6’4 261 lbs. – Hiram, GA – RS Junior
  • #94 G.G. Robinson – 6’4 298 lbs. – Lilburn, GA – RS Junior
  • #41 Michael Boykin – 6’6 302 lbs. – Carrollton, GA – RS Sophomore
  • #91 Derek Dorsey – 6’3 275 lbs. – Louisville, KY – RS Sophomore
  • #90 Jared Goldwire – 6’6 309 lbs. – Tacoma, WA – RS Sophomore
  • #98 Tabarius Peterson – 6’3 246 lbs. – Tucker, GA – RS Sophomore
  • #59 Caleb Tillman – 6’3 282 lbs. – Dothan, AL – RS Sophomore
  • #64 Tyler Robinson – 6’0 334 lbs. – Fort Thomas, KY – RS Sophomore
  • #92 Malik Clark – 6’2 259 lbs. – Milledgeville, GA – RS Freshman
  • #54 Andrew McGuffey – 6’1 247 lbs. – Louisville, KY – RS Freshman
  • #57 Dayna Kinnaird – 6’3 238 lbs. – Jeffersonville, IN – RS Freshman
  • #50 Jacob Pierce – 6’2 248 lbs. – Ashland, KY – RS Freshman
  • #99 Micah Bland – 6’2 310 lbs. – Louisville, KY – Freshman

Coach Petrino’s Practice Notes


The sixth day of Spring Ball was a good hard physical practice.  I thought you might be interested in looking at our practice format…

Pre-Practice 7 minutes
Stretch 8 minutes
Individual 25 minutes
1/2 Line – 1on1’s 10 minutes
Run/Play-Action (Tackle) 20 minutes
Special Teams (Punt Ret) 10 minutes
PUP (Pass Under Pressure) 10 minutes
7 on 7 15 minutes
Team 20 minutes
-3rd Down Blitz
-Red Zone
-No Huddle


  The Run/Play Action period was a physical and competitive period.  The defense had the upper hand early forcing two turnovers and playing fast and full speed to the ball.  Again we saw some good things from the safeties reading run and reacting to the ball.  GG Robinson and Amonte Caban both were disruptive and played with great effort running full speed.  The offense took over in the second half of the period with explosive gains in the running game.  I was happy to see them respond to a little adversity early in the period.  Trey Smith showed good vision in getting to the second level and making a defender miss, as the offense racked up good yardage on the ground in the second half of the period.


The Offense carried over their momentum to the Pass Under Pressure segment from earlier in practice.  We were able to throw and catch on time and in rhythm.  Kemari Averett and Seth Dawkins made positive gains down the field and Jawon Pass connected with Dez Fitzpatrick on a TD that capped off a good start to our pressure period.  However, the defense responded.  G.G. Robinson showed great interior quickness and recorded one of two sacks in the period for the defense.  Both sides still needed to show consistency, but flashed some positives things that we can build on moving forward.

I really felt like the Defense had the upper hand in the Team Period.  I  liked how the defense competed in the Red Zone.  They showed great urgency and made it tough on the offense in this situation.  In No-Huddle defensively we showed great communication and tempo and that allowed them to excel!  Offensively, we continue to be very accurate on 3rd Downs, Jawon Pass was able to make the proper checks to keep us moving the chains and staying on the field.  We need to get in and watch the film from today and come back out Friday and Saturday and finish the week off strong.


Standout Performers from Day 6

  • Offensive Grinder – Offensive Lineman Linwood Foy
  • Defensive Grinder – Linebacker Dorian Etheridge
  • Offensive Showtime – Running Back Trey Smith
  • Defensive Showtime – Defensive Lineman G.G. Robinson

*Grinder = Gives all one’s got every day, influencing others’ work ethic in the process

*Showtime = The specific time to display or execute a performance of great magnitude.

Off the Field Highlights

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Pro Day is one day many of our student-athletes look forward to every year.  It gives them the opportunity to show their talents and abilities to a wide array of NFL scouts, team administrators and coaches.  During the day, each player will participate in position drills, run the 40 and speak to those who make the decisions on which players their teams will draft on April 26-28.

This year will be an exceptionally exciting day for the Cardinals with many of our seniors, a few underclassmen and a couple of former players ready to put on a show for the NFL representatives.  The following is a list of those participating in our 2018 Pro Day:  Jaire Alexander, Javonte Bagley, Drew Bailey, Reggie Bonnafon, DeAngelo Brown, Zykiesis Cannon, Geron Christian, Jack Duane, James Hearns, Tobijah Hughley, 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, James Quick, DeAsian Richardson, Charles Standberry, Stacy Thomas, Trumaine Washington, Malik Williams and Trevon Young.

This should be a great day for the Cardinals as we head into the NFL draft, and look to continue our tradition of having a number of athletes drafted and go on to play in the National Football League.  We wish them all the best!


Petrino Family Foundation Update


Meet RaVonte (Ray) Harbin. The first Petrino Family Foundation Scholarship recipient. Ray is a Louisville native and West End School graduate. Since receiving his PFF Scholarship in the Fall of 2014, Ray has not only become an exemplary student with a current 3.9 GPA, but a member of the Petrino family as well. Through attending weekly dinners with Executive Director Kelsey Petrino Scott, holiday celebrations at Coach Petrino and wife Becky’s house, helping to usher the wedding of Deputy Director Katie Petrino Beard, and giving the youngest members of the family, Coach Petrino’s 4 grandchildren, an extended Brother/Uncle to look up to, Ray has found his place among the Petrino family.


Ray also enjoys participating in UofL recreational sports and community service activities. This Fall, he is set to intern for the Petrino Family Foundation to help complete his degree in Sports Administration. Ray is scheduled to graduate in Fall of 2019, with honors. The Petrino family and Petrino Family Foundation could not be more proud of the young man he has become and he has set the bar high for any PFF scholarship recipients who come after him. One thing is for sure though, he will always be a part of the Petrino family!

As always for more information on the Petrino Family Foundation please make sure you visit our website.  www.petrinofamilyfoundation.org

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